How does licensing help professionals?
Responsible professional licensing creates a defined pathway for professionals based on verified expertise. It helps level the playing field by setting a clear, evenly-applied level of qualification and removing subjectivity. This is particularly important in helping newcomers enter the profession. Moreover, a well-structured licensing system establishes a consistency in qualification upon which reciprocity and mobility rely. Professional licensing typically establishes uniform standards and requirements. This uniformity establishes a baseline of trust in licensing among the states that makes it possible for professionals to move from one state to another and have their license acknowledged. Without this level of confidence states would be less inclined to accept out-of-state licenses.